Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Step inside this serene family home

Boasting open farmland views of Fenland Countryside, this idyllic detached period farmhouse is placed on a 0.65-acre plot down a quiet lane, close to the town of Long Sutton.

Nikki and her family have lived at Greenacres since February 2003, moving to the home after her husband surprised her with the property out of the blue.

The family extended the home in 2003 to suit their needs, creating a large open plan kitchen/dining/family room and more bedrooms, and have knocked through where the original kitchen was located to create a large reception room. Once a rectangular, double fronted house, the red-brick property is now L-shaped.

One approaches the property from a gravel drive down the side of the house. While you can enter the home through a back door, into the utility room, which connects to an open plan kitchen, we will begin out tour up front.

One begins standing under the pitch-roofed, timber-clad, storm porch, and steps into a hall featuring dark-stained wooden floorboards. Ahead, a door leads to the dining area, from which one can access the main living room on the right. The almost 22 feet long room boasts an exposed brick fireplace with a log burning stove and patio doors that open the space out onto a west-facing paved area often used for meals outside by the owners.

The dining room is positioned between an open, airy kitchen and family room, which bathe in light. Sitting to the front of the house, the family room features dark timber flooring and a fireplace with a timber surround and black granite hearth, which though currently unused could have an open fire or log-burner installed.

To the back of the house is the off-white Shaker-style kitchen featuring wall and base units on three sides, an island topped with black granite in the centre, rustic tiles as a splashback and neutral porcelain tiles on the floor. There is also an integrated dishwasher, and a big black Rangemaster cooker with a gas hob, two electric ovens and grill. The sink, meanwhile, under a wide window, overlooks one of the home’s patios. From the kitchen area one can reach a utility room, which has a door to a shower, toilet, and washbasin.

Upstairs one will discover five bedrooms and the family bathroom, which was recently redone with a contemporary feel and modern fittings including a separate bath, shower, close-coupled lavatory, and wall-mounted washbasin in a vanity unit. The master bedroom, taking full advantage of the property’s stunning location, features French doors opening to a Juliette balcony offering far-reaching, relaxing countryside views. The master also hosts a recently refurbished, modernised, ensuite with a large shower.

Moving outside of the house, the property is surrounded by hedging. “It’s very private and quiet. There’s four gardens really,” Nikki said. A mature, landscaped garden sits behind the house, while a large lawn with a walnut tree amongst others is to the right side of the property. “This garden is what drew my husband to the property initially,” Nikki noted. “He said it was perfect for the kids to play football on!”

To the left of the house, the garden is fenced off, making it completely secure and there are two paved areas on each side of the home, prime for al fresco dining. The terrace accessible via a door off the kitchen attracts sun during most of the day during summer and extends to lawn divided by a unique curving brick wall. Additionally, out back, an area with old fruit trees, including plum and pear, waits to be found.

The property also benefits from an outbuilding, constructed by the owners in 2016, with a three-bay car port in the middle, an office on one side and a storage space to the other. Further, the property is well placed for walking dogs, and one might even spot muntjac deer and owls amongst other birds.

Though the family has enjoyed their time at the property, they are now selling in order to downsize. Greenacres is on the market with Fine & Country for offers in excess of £500,000.

To see this piece in full visit the online version of Lincolnshire Today’s monthly magazine: https://www.lincolnshiretoday.net/virtual/07-July-2020/#page=10

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